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  1. Am I missing it, or is there no Washington Capitals thread? Been a fan of the sport since 1997 as well as a fan of the Caps for the same period. I am hoping the Caps make a go of it (the playoffs) to go deeper than before in this Ovechkin era. Looking forward to playoff hockey, period.
  2. Heh. You're assuming I have a clue as to what backchecking is (don't worry, I can search that one). Are you betraying your hatred of the Caps by ranking Ovechkin 10-20 as opposed to 5-10? Or even 1-10? I honestly don't know the answer to this; only that people seem to think he is the second coming of ... Lemieux? (Give me credit for knowing you're from Western Pennsylvania and not saying Gretzky.)
  3. Hey DR folks -- fortune smiled on me and I won 2 tickets to the Caps-Sabres game on Friday night the 21st. Fortune then frowned on me and none of my go-to peeps are able to take advantage of the extra ticket. So, does anyone want to join me at the game? You'll have to sign the sponsor's waiver. I don't know exact seats, but judging from the approximate retail value, they're either going to be in 100 level or, perhaps, 200 level center-ish ice.
  4. "Since we have a Baseball thread, why not Ice Hockey?" "Because the world 'hockey' sounds sillier-and-sillier each time you say it, Don." "Oh." I had *no* idea that this sport was played indoors as early as 1875 (and in the Olympics since 1920). There is a bevy (I've always wanted to use that word, bevy) of interesting information in the Wikipedia article (under the "Ice Hockey" link), and Wikipedia's links will take you into even more depth. Like the Baseball thread, this is about the sport itself - its origins, rules, etc. - and not about any particular team or player. Thus, it probably won't get a lot of activity, but it's here if you need it.
  5. It's pointless to tag all of Wayne Gretzky's career NHL records - he has his own Wikipedia page of them. Here's how times have changed: In the 1980s, Wayne Gretzky was so famous that I used to tell people that the three most famous people in the world born in the same year as me were Eddie Murphy, Princess Di, and Wayne Gretzky. Feeding off of these posts, I'm very curious how much I missed not fully appreciating watching Gretzky play - *everyone* knew him, but I didn't understand what he was doing, or how good he really was, except from what I kept reading in the papers. So how good *was* he? How *important* was he? Is he a Wilt Chamberlain? A Babe Ruth? And for those in the "Mario Lemieux Camp," why would you pick Lemieux over Gretzky?
  6. Grew up a sports fan, playing several and following a few. Hockey wasn't as big in our house as baseball, football and basketball but we'd watch the Stanley Cup playoffs and finals most years, Olympic hockey always, and I grew up at least superficially aware of the NHL stars. I learned to skate as a kid and even played a little organized hockey much later in school. All that just for context. Your mention of hockey's role of "enforcer" caught my eye. No doubt even casual fans know the tragic story of Derek Boogaard. I don't think hockey any more dangerous than football and every pro sport, without exception, has had corruption and plenty of instances of profits before player safety. I don't personally have a well-informed view on enforcers. But did find the Boogaard story eye opening on a number of levels. I remember watching him play a few times; of course without a clue as to what was really going on with him physiologically, which I guess is central to the point much debated now. "Derek Boorgaard - A Boy Learns To Brawl" by John Branch on nytimes.com
  7. With apologies for the lousy formatting, Don had this quote in the thread about who is the greatest men's tennis player of all time: "I read this article the other day which says that there are two athletes in American history that 'transcended and transformed' their sport: Babe Ruth and Wilt Chamberlain. I can't disagree with this - not even Gretsky had the impact those two had." The author picked the wrong hockey player. If you're looking at someone who "transcended and transformed" hockey based on offensive stats, it's Bobby Orr. He was the first offensive defenceman, and I mean "offensive" in the most positive light. As an example, without his example would Hall-of-Fame players like Paul Coffey or Ray Bourque played the way they did? (Disclaimer: I know a lot about Orr because he is my mom's favorite hockey player. Over a decade ago I bought her an autographed black-and-white 14"x20" of him flying through the air after his Stanley Cup-winning goal. Happiness is making your mom cry in a good way. BTW, his birthday is March 20.)
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